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Megabus.com trials 15m Scania

The UK's first 15m Scania Irizar i6 coach enters service this month on a six-month trial on Stagecoach's megabus.com services. It will be based in Rugby, and will operate on routes across the UK. The coach has 61 seats and has a front-mounted PLS wheelchair lift. It is based on the first Euro 6 Scania K410 to run in the UK.

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Megabus.com trials 15m Scania

The UK's first 15m Scania Irizar i6 coach enters service this month on a six-month trial on Stagecoach's megabus.

Coach rolls on M5 motorway

There were no serious injuries reported in a dramatic crash in which a Volvo Plaxton operated by Prospect Coaches of Stourbridge left the M5 motorway in Gloucester and ended up on its side on an embankment.

Workshop accreditation from CPT

CPT has launched a workshop accreditation scheme.

Kirk leaving Oxford Bus

Philip Kirk is stepping down as managing director of the Oxford Bus Company after almost 20 years with the business, 14 as managing director He will be succeeded by Phil Southall, who is currently operations director.

Stagecoach criticises Spanish check

Stagecoach says that the driver of a megabus coach who was arrested by Spanish police last weekend was operating legally.

Dual-door Volvos cut dwell times at Bath

The Bath Bus Company has taken delivery of two Volvo B9TLs with open-top Unvi Urbis 25 bodywork.



Latest vehicle deliveries

Volvo support wins repeat business

Barnes Coaches of Swindon has added a new 53-seat Volvo B9R Jonckheere to its fleet.

Leopards launch new look for Sunfun

Cambridgeshire-based Sunfun Group has launched a new CambridgeCoaches.

Taf Valley takes VDL Futura

Taf Valley Coaches of Whitland, Carmarthenshire, has taken delivery of a new 12.

Elite strikes right deal for Hodgsons

Hodgsons Coaches of Barnard Castle has taken delivery of a 12.

Optare quality impresses Western Isles

Western Isles council is now running five new Optare Solo SRs on its cross-island routes centred on Stornoway.

Safety, reliability the key at Bluebird

Bluebird Coaches of Weymouth has added two Volvo B11Rs with Jonckheere bodies to its 22-vehicle fleet.



Product news

Compressor range from Voith

Voith Turbo, known for its automatic bus transmissions, is planning to launch a range of compressors for buses in the UK market.

Glass deal for Arriva Bus and Coach

Arriva Bus & Coach has appointed PSV Glass as its exclusive distributor and installation specialist for glass parts for the Van Hool and Temsa coaches it sells and supports in the UK.

Perth project for Parkeon

Parkeon is supporting a multi-million dollar public transport project in Perth that will provide real-time journey tracking for passengers along with Australia’s first underground dynamic bus stand allocation system.

BackGuard range extended by Ring

Ring has extended its range of BackGuard camera systems with a new 7” camera system kit which offers an introductory level system that fulfils legislative requirements.

New website and pricing from Quartix

Quartix has unveiled it new website which aims to enhance user experience and ensure visitors are kept up-to-date with product developments and company news.

French market presence from Compak

Compak reports that it continues to make progress in the French bus market and exhibited again this year at the Transports Publics show in Paris, where two bus manufacturers displayed products on which a ramp from Compak was installed.

Features

Capturing the active tourist

This year’s RDA-Workshop in Cologne sported a new look with redesigned stands and wider aisles to make it easier for more than 10,000 visitors to navigate their way around the 1,000-plus exhibitors representing over 40 countries.

Pursuing quality – at the right price

I’m not going to decry the pursuit of quality.

Seeking long life

Fitting a quality set of tyres is pointless if you fail to look after them; and that involves ensuring that they are correctly inflated.

Role of the bus in tackling isolation

Policy makers in all government departments, not just the Department for Transport, must recognise the pivotal role of public transport in providing access to education, healthcare and employment in isolated communities.



People in the news

Martijn Gilbert becomes Reading CEO

MARTIJN GILBERT has been named as the new chief executive officer at Reading Buses, taking over from JAMES FREEMAN who is moving to First Bristol and West of England as managing director.

Elliott for MAN UK

SIMON ELLIOTT has been appointed managing director of MAN Truck & Bus UK.

Galloway management changes

Two Galloway managers have new posts.

Peace for Arriva NE

GAVIN PEACE is joining Arriva North East as engineering director at the end of this month, taking over from JOHN GREAVES, who is retiring.

PLS appoints Beck as MD

Passenger Lift Services has appointed ADAM BECK as managing director.

Arriva is IRTE top team for 2014

The top team in this year’s IRTE Skills Challenge, winning the Outstanding Achievement award, was made up of three engineers from Arriva, KEVAL RAYATT (Watford), COLIN HARRIS (Milton Keynes) and TOM HUBBARD (Wigston).



Coach tourism news

Register now for Group Leisure show

The Group Leisure & Travel Trade show takes place at the NEC on 25 September offering new ideas and networking for group holidays and coach tours.

Blackpool welcomes coach industry views

VisitBlackpool has thanked coach companies and drivers for helping with a study into the resort’s coach facilities.

Christmas breaks at 3-star Jersey hotel

With less than 150 days to go until Christmas, Jersey’s Modern Hotels Group is promoting a range of festive breaks.

New ideas at Group Leisure show

A new seminar programme is being launched at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show which will tackle group travel issues and provide useful knowledge and ideas for forthcoming trips and holidays.

New Eastriggs museum recalls WW1

The new Devil’s Porridge Museum is opening on 31 July, offering a magnificent experience and enhanced facilities for coach parties.

Eurotunnel attacks MyFerryLink ruling

Eurotunnel has attacked the decision of the Competition and Markets Authority to require it to close or sell its MyFerryLink business.